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<<Oregon doesn't have a sales tax, so you can do your shopping there.

...and then pay your Washington state use tax, which is equal to the sales tax, when you bring the goods back into the state.

While these use taxes have been on the books forever there hasn't historically been a lot of enforcement. But in leaner times who knows what avenues they might pursue? On cars they can get you at registration. Some have started tacking it on to their income tax returns.


Actually, I believe that people living in border areas get an exemption from paying Washington State sales taxes. This was enacted to avoid having sales drain away to Oregon and Idaho.

I'm not familiar with the details of that, though, since I don't live in such a privileged area.

Liberal majorities around Puget Sound regularly vote for a wide avriety of local tax increases, while the rest of the stat is low taxed.

Living any place in Washington State outside of the liberal counties will get you low taxes, and intercst's advice of living just north of the Oregon border has merit.

I like Washougal, Washington, a nice small town on the Columbia River just north of Oregon and east of Vancouver, Wa.

Seattle Pioneer
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